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fall line

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noun
  1. an imaginary line, marked by waterfalls and rapids, where rivers descend abruptly from an upland to a lowland.
  2. (initial capital letters) Eastern U.S. the imaginary line between the Piedmont and the Atlantic coastal plain.
  3. Skiing. the path of natural descent from one point on a slope to another.

Origin of fall line

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85
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  • Great tracts of wilderness separated communities beyond the fall-line of the rivers.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson


British Dictionary definitions for fall line

fall line

noun
  1. skiing the natural downward course between two points on a slope
  2. the edge of a plateau

Fall Line

noun
  1. a natural junction, running parallel to the E coast of the US, between the hard rocks of the Appalachians and the softer coastal plain, along which rivers form falls and rapids
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fall line in Science

fall line

[fôl]
  1. A line connecting the waterfalls of nearly parallel rivers that marks a drop in land level.
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